Joanna M. Eng, Contributing Editor

Piano Practice Diary of a New Parent

Piano Practice Diary of a New Parent

A new parent discovers unexpected ways to practice the piano and work on her musicality alongside the demands of caring for the tiniest member of the family.

Decode Fast Music with This App

Decode Fast Music with This App

The Amazing Slow Downer app lets you change the tempo or pitch of any piano recording, opening up a host of creative solutions for practicing and listening.

Best Piano Apps for Adult Students

Best Piano Apps for Adult Students

In-depth research and testing found these piano apps to be the most helpful for amateur pianists and adult piano students to add to their practice routines.

Relearning to Hear Melodies

Relearning to Hear Melodies

Empowering principles to live by for people with hearing loss, by Pat Dobbs, a pianist relearning to enjoy music with a cochlear implant.

Happy Fingers: An Oscar Winner

Happy Fingers: An Oscar Winner

After playing piano for a century, Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer looks back on her life in the Oscar-winning short documentary The Lady in Number 6.

Ditching Debussy for the Day

Ditching Debussy for the Day

Practicing the Debussy Clair de Lune just doesn’t fit one day, so although this piano student only has an hour to play, she sight-reads a new piece instead.

Portraying What Cannot Be Seen

Portraying What Cannot Be Seen

Abstract painter and amateur pianist Leya Evelyn keeps representational images out of her art in order to explore deeper qualities of the human experience.

A Contemporary Romantic

A Contemporary Romantic

Watercolor artist Annika Connor, whose work has enhanced essays and poems on this site, explains why she considers herself a Contemporary Romantic painter.